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Comment Crushes Controversy August 21, 2009

Posted by Janet Hughes in People reaching the stars.
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Kudos to Mark Stern for reminding us all that our primary job is not to harass and intimidate others but to help children learn.

On election day in April 2009, four newcomers challenged four incumbents and won two seats on the District 113A grade school board. A political “witchhunt” followed. Formed was a new committee to research the campaign trail rumor mill.

Thanks to Mark Stern, his public comment during June’s school board meeting crushed the controversy. No follow-up “rumor mill” meeting has been set. Congratulations, Mark, for reaching the stars and making a difference!

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. —Anonymous



1. Janet Hughes - August 21, 2009

I’m proud to know Mark Stern. His willingness and ability to “set the record straight” is inspiring, comforting, and motivating.

Thank you, Mark, for all you do to promote responsible government and excellence in education. You’re terrific! 🙂

2. Tina Guide Olenick - August 21, 2009

thank you, mark, for standing up and speaking about something a lot of us were outraged by. the school board has much more to do than sit and gossip about rumors. the intent to intimidate was obvious at the meeting when board president john wood talked about it in his president’s report (with lisa wright snapping away at the newly elected members of the board). very inappropriate. as inappropriate as showing up to speak for one of the incumbents who couldn’t make it to the televised voter’s forum. once known not to be the candidate, he was told to stop but he continued on, racing to finish what he was there to say. shocking.

3. Tracy Woolrich - August 23, 2009

Mark did a marvelous job. Bravo!

4. Sandy Valencour - August 23, 2009

Mark, will you now go before Congress and tell them what their job is because it has become very obvious, they don’t have a clue!

The record desperately needs to be set for these pompour overly important liars. I am not picking a party, I just want facts and it would seem that is a missing part of our representatives in both house and senate.

Please, speak for Americans as passionately as you do for our wonderful children. If we educate our children now, they will know how our government is operated and will make informed decisions.

Right now, I feel “stupid” is the way most Amerians are leaning as they don’t know how to look up facts, think for themselves or understand common sense. I applaud you with all my heart.

5. Lidia Downs - August 25, 2009

I shake my head in disbelief that this board president and this school board would even consider such a proposal as to investigate “rumors” from a past election. Such a move would be nothing but a political witch hunt, as Mark Stern observed.

Stern’s rebuke to this board was justified. He interjected much-needed common sense, and brought the focus back to where it should be: the needs of the district and the serious problems it faces, its bleak financial situation foremost.

For the board to waste time running down rumors, and threatening possible legal action, would be a waste of time and would do nothing to unify either the board or the residents of the district.

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